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Collaborations

Bealtaine festival,

 Laois, May 2014.

Bealtaine is Ireland's national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
From my artist studio at the Arthouse I demonstrated the paper making and drawing workshop.


www.arthouse.ie/2014/05/

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Saturday Library Workshops,

 May 2014.

I was invited to facilitate a series of Paper Making Workshops for children at Mountmellick Library. The
series of workshops covered how to make their own paper from rubbish and recycled materials to pulp
painting!

 

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Culture Night,

 September 2014.

In collaboration with Culture Night and the Stradbally Arthouse,

as a resident artist I facilitated a creative workshop in celebration of

Culture night 2014. The workshop was open to families or individuals of all ages using recycled materials to create fun pieces of art.

Culture night / Oíche Chultúir is an annual, all-island public event that

celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.

On Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir, arts and cultural organisations

and venues of all shapes and sizes, from independent studios and art-spaces to national cultural institutions, extend their opening hours to allow

increased access for the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and, thanks to the

continued support of the Arts Council and local authorities across the island of Ireland, all activities are made available to the public free of charge.


culturenight.ie

 

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Colouring Competition & Drawing Workshops,

 Mountmellick Library, November 2014.

I collaborated with Mountmellick Library in hosting a range of

drawing workshops for local primary school pupils who participated in the colouring competition on display in the Library Gallery for the month of November!

I also had the honour of picking a winners from each talented class!

 

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Old Quarter Fort Festival,

June 2016.

I had the pleasure of facilitating an free art workshop for kids this year at The Old Fort Quarter Festival.
The Old Fort Quarter Festival celebrates the history and heritage of Portlaoise with music, food and family entertainment in one unforgettable weekend. The 3 day heritage festival is based in and around the walls of the Old Fort Protector, the first of its kind built in Ireland between 1547 and 1548 during the tenure of Bellingham, Lord Justice of Ireland.

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Old Quarter Fort Festival,

June 2017.

As part of the free daytime entertainment for all the family I
facilitated an art workshop at the Old Quarter Fort Festival.
This year we took inspiration for the Fort itself and recreated our own marbled medieval castles!

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Laois Libraries

Classic Books Literacy Project,

 October 2017.

I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Laois Libraries on the Classic Book Literacy project. It was a collaborative project with local schools propositioning them to read some classic novels. Once they had completed their classic novel,

at their local libraries (Mountrath, Durrow, & Portarlington) each class
would join me in an art workshop where we made the characters and stories

from their novels come to life.

The novels explored were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The

Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, Five Children and it by Edith Nesbit

and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

Exposing the students to some of the more classic novels available in the

Library and pairing it up with an art making experience of each tale aimed to encourage young readers to rediscover the gems of classic literature.

 

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Bealtaine festival,

 May 2018.

This year in collaboration with the Bealtaine Festival in Laois,

I facilitated a variety of workshops over
Laois Libraries which included Paper making, pulp painting,

Mosaics Art, Silk Fibre Paper making,

Drawing and Watercolour classes.

 

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Cruinniú na nÓg,

June 2018.

Art Classes with Caroline Keane were invited to facilitate an art workshop in celebration of Cruinniú na nÓg as it launches this year.

Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s
Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young

people. Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18.


cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie

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Old Quarter Fort Festival,

June 2018.

This years Old Fort Quarter Festival fell on the same weekend
as Cruinniú na nÓg - a national day of free creativity
for young people.
This year for our creative workshop we created
paper dragon puppets
with firey hot breath!

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Intel celebrate 50 years of Innovation,

July 2018.

 

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In collaboration with McE Events to celebrate

50 years of Innovation at Intel, I facilitated the creation and construction of a recycled sculpture with the workers of Intel. The piece was made from recycled plastic and a collection of old computer parts, staff were encouraged to play with and creatively place the
materials to create a collage of work.

The result was a robotic face which encapsulated the word Intel and

number 50 to mark the occasion.

#Tap into Ireland Visa Campaign,

November 2018.

For the #Tap into Ireland Visa Campaign which was promoted local

hidden gems across Ireland I had a fun filled experience

running an art class for some of Irelands Influencers:

Lisa Jordan, Niamh Cullen, RoB Kenny and Olympian Gary O’Donnavan

at the

Dunamise Arts Centre Portlaoise.

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Laois Bealtiane Festival,

May 2019.

Collaborating once again with one of my favourite Festivals it is such a

privilege to get the chance to meet so many interesting people.

The workshops this year were silk fibre, paper making, watercolours
for beginners and drawing for beginners held

across Loais Libraries.

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Walking on Sunshine,

Marino Institute of Technology, July 2019.

For this summer CPD course at Marino Institute of Education I was one of the facilitators. This unique course was co-designed and

presented by a professional learning community of primary teachers and teaching artists who are deeply interested in progressing visual arts

in the primary school.
For the segment I facilitated we explored an assortment of visual arts responses
to summertime artworks.

I had the privilege of meeting a curious group of educators, showing them the process of paper making and pulp painting while also examining

the textures of watercolour paints.

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Laois Connects – Mindfulness Art Workshops,

Laois Libraries, October 2019.

I had the pleasure of running mindfulness colouring workshop across Laois Libraires, in collaboration with Laois Connects 2019 programme which is promoting the importance of health and wellbeing.


www.laois.ie/laois-connects-mental-health-awareness-week-2020/

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Timahoe Foróige Club Mural,

Winter 2019.

With Local Creative Youth Partnership, Loetb and

in collaboration with young creatives of Timahoe Foróige Club,

I facilitated the design and completion of a mural

inside the space which the wonderful

local Timahoe Foróige Club.

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Young creative Workshops,

Laois November, 2019.

Supported by Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council 5th and 6th class children from Scoil Bhríd, Mountrath had the great opportunity

to work with professional curators, artists and Dunamaise Gallery

to take part in this new creative project.
Working together with Dunamaise and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin - pupils selected work by established artists which is presented in an exciting new exhibition 'Our Choice Our World' at Dunamaise Arts Centre.
To expand the opportunity of learning about curation I collaborated with the Dunamaise Art Centre to design response workshops to the exhibition in the Gallery for other primary school classes in the local area.
We had wonderful classes from Holy Family Senior School discuss

the choice of artworks, critic the paintings from @kevinkavanaghgallery collection and redesign and curate the current exhibition in miniature form.

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Laois Connects Mindfulness Colouring,

Laois Libraries, January 2020.

As part of Loais Connects, I was very grateful to facilitate mindfulness colouring art sessions again with Laois Libraries for both

young children and adults.

This fantastic initiative helps people in Communities across Laois

to cope with Mental Health issues

which will affect most of us at some stage in our lives.

 

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Cruinniú na nóg 2020 A Sense of Place,
  June 2020.

Once again I had the pleasure of collaborating with Cruinniú na nóg to facilitate a Paper Craft Workshop online. A creative art project inspired by the theme of a Sense of Place under the framework of using easily accessible materials found in an average household.
Inspired by how we all have had to reimagine the places in which we live during this pandemic. The Foldable paper house creation, this paper craft will be a fold out space with 4 rooms. Each room will represent 4 expressions of space. Each expression will be using a different medium.
A creative art project inspired by the theme of a Sense of Place under the framework of using easily accessible materials found in an average household.

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